Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Do you blog or tweet at work?

I don't mean do you post to your personal blog or send out personal tweets while you're supposed to be working. Although now that I think about it I have to admit I'm a bit curious if you do.

What I really meant to ask is whether or not your company is using social media as a communication tool. You know---blogs, Twitter, podcasts, social networks, message boards, things of that nature.

Why am I asking?

Well, I attended an outstanding social media communication conference yesterday. The conference speaker was highly entertaining, provided loads of tips (and I already knew the tip about removing your cordless mic before using the restroom thanks to a senior marketing VP I worked for years ago...if you really want the story email me privately *LOL*) and presented actual case studies of companies successfully using social media. and they weren't the type of companies you'd expect...unless you were expecting the IRS and other government agencies.

I really wanted to share a link with you of a health care agency that is using social media as a recruitment tool...it will seriously make you cry (in a good emotional way, not in a oh-my-gosh-that's-so-terrible-I-can't-believe-someone-thought-it-was-good-enough-to-post way) but shoot, I can't find the website. I'll post it another day. You seriously want to see this.

I left jazzed about all the possibilities these tools offer to reach and engage my company's audiences. But then I realized it will take time and well thought out proposal before these tools might be considered.

Which leads me back to my question. Is your company using social media to communicate either internally or externally? If so, what are they doing?

By the way, the speaker was Steve Crescenzo owner of Crescenzo Communicaitons. If you ever have a chance to attend one of his seminars don't hesitate to sign up. You'll be exposed to way more than your brain can absorb in one sitting yet you'll wish he could keep on speaking. Plus you never know what interesting tip he might share with you. Pin It

3 comments:

  1. I work for a non profit organization and we have begun using Facebook to promote our agency, special events, etc. I think it has an appeal to some audiences and I just recently signed up with Facebook and I remember ever so often to go check it out. We have a class reunion coming up this year and I have located some old class mates or they have located me on Facebook. Who knows where it may lead. My problem is I probably spend way too much time on computer now.

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  2. When I was teaching we were networking within the system as a way of communicating what was going on.
    Our school also has a list of parents' emails for updates on coming events.
    Some teachers and parents were emailing or texting about what was going on.
    Some teachers were sending out lesson plan assignments so parents would know when a kid has something due. That bothered me somewhat because it keeps the kids from needing to be responsible.
    The local paper even has a call in homework hotline. It's a useful tool for times when a child has been absent.
    I still get emails from the school supervisor so I can kind of keep up with what's going on.

    NO person stuff going on! It was blocked! Apparently some were abusing their access to the computer and emailing, etc.... when they were supposed to be teaching. Awful!
    Facebook. The kids were using My Space and not for good most of the time I will have to say. They were also starting that sexting stuff!!
    My DH says lots of the people at his work are using facebook as a tool for getting "out there"

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  3. I work at a small music technology company and we have a dev blog where we post up our innovative code if we open source package it or it's not something that'll be snapped up by competitors. :)

    Internally we use Jabber to have our ofice chatrooms, too.

    But there's only one guy who has a Twitter account and he's been MERCILESSLY teased about it for months. Inside the tech company world, everyone sees Twitter for what it is - a passing fad with zero business model or means to make money.

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